Now when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, “The Lord, He is God! The Lord, He is God!”
[1 Kings 18:39]
Christian apologist Josh McDowell published his first major book in 1972—Evidence That Demands a Verdict. It was a compendium of evidence supporting the trustworthiness of the Bible and the authenticity of its message about Jesus Christ.
Any courtroom judge will tell you: Evidence demands a verdict! We face evidence every day in a variety of matters; every decision (verdict) we render in life is based on evidence of some kind. When we encounter the evidence for the reality of the God of the Bible, we are called upon to make a decision. As Jesus asked His disciples, “Who do you say that I am?” (Luke 9:20) Evidence demands a verdict. And the evidence God presented of His power and reality on Mount Carmel caused all the people of Israel to shout, “The Lord, He is God!” Many of them had been following Baal, but the evidence of God’s power through Elijah changed their minds.
The more you study the Bible, the more evidence you will have that God can meet every need. Let Him prove Himself to you (Malachi 3:10).
Faith must have adequate evidence, else it is mere superstition.
~ A. A. Hodge ~
you will be blessed, you who plant seed by all the banks of the streams, you who let your ox and donkey graze.
[Isa 32:20 NET]
Never mind whereabouts your work is. Never mind whether it be visible or not. Never mind whether your name is associated with it. You may never see the issues of your toils. You are working for eternity. If you cannot see results here in the hot working day, the cool evening hours are drawing near, when you may rest from your labors and then they will follow you. So do your duty, and trust God to give the seed you sow “a body as it hath pleased Him,”
~ Alex. McLaren ~
So I perceived there is nothing better than for people to enjoy their work, because that is their reward; for who can show them what the future holds?
[Eccl 3:22 NET]
His was the heart that overmuch
In human goodness puts its trust,
And his the keen, satiric touch
That shrivels falsehood into dust.
Fierce for the right, he bore his part
In strife with many a valiant foe;
But laughter winged his polished dart,
And kindness tempered every blow.
~ William Winter ~
A wise man will so act that whatever he does may rather seem voluntary and of his own free will than done by compulsion, however much he may be compelled by necessity.
~ Machiavelli ~
May I not forget that it is in the light, and not the darkness, that my work is revealed. I beseech thee to pour in thy light as I plan my life, and open my heart and mind for the reception of thy tru
So Jesus came outside, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Look, here is the man!”
[John 19:5 NET]
“Behold the man!” was Pilate’s jeer. That is what all the ages have been doing since, and the vision has grown more and more glorious. As they have looked, the crown of thorns has become a crown of golden radiance, and the cast–off robe has glistened like the garments He wore on the night of the transfiguration. Martyrs have smiled in the flames at that vision. Sinners have turned at it to a new life. Little children have seen it, and have had awakened by it dim recollections of their heaven–home. Toward it the souls of men yearn ever.
~ Robert E. Speer ~
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t there more to life than food and more to the body than clothing?
[Matt 6:25 NET]
Let each day take thought for what concerns it, liquidate its own affairs, and respect the day which is to follow, and then it shall be ready.
~ Amiel ~
What does your anxiety do? It does not empty to-morrow, brother, of its sorrow; but ah! it empties to-day of its strength. It does not make you escape the evil; it makes you unfit to cope with it if it comes.
~ Ian Maclaren ~
Save me from the habit of borrowing. So often I borrow trouble and cannot use it, when the peace that I possess is all that I need. Help me, that I may not miss the glory of to-day, by anticipating the uncertainty of to-morrow; but may I discern my place and have delight in every day.